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Sally Barbour
Sally Barbour
Professor Emerita


Sarah (Sally) Barbour received a Ph.D. in French literature from Cornell University.  Her research and teaching interests include French and Francophone (West Africa and the Caribbean) modern and contemporary narrative in prose and film, especially in works by women; Translation Studies; and Diaspora Studies. While at WFU, she enjoyed working with students at all levels of the curriculum in the department in French Studies, as well as in courses in African and Caribbean literature in translation in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program, and in courses offered in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies department. For a number of years she served as Core faculty in WGS, as Program Director of the WFU Study Abroad in Dijon and of Interdisciplinary Humanities, and with her colleague in Spanish Ola Furmanek as co-director of the MA program in Interpreting and Translation Studies.



Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Ph.D. awarded in 1985; M.A. awarded in 1981

Maryville College, Maryville, TN
B.A. awarded in 1971


Co-convener: “Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race,’” International Conference series
Program Director, WFU Study Abroad Program in Dijon
Co-director, MA in Interpreting and Translation Studies, WFU
Faculty Executive Committee, Humanities Institute, WFU


2011.  Comparative Critical Conversations: Sixth International Conference on Caribbean Women’s Writing.  Centre for Caribbean Studies, Goldsmith’s College, University of  London. 23-25 June.  Invited panel moderator: “Historical Trauma and the Literary Imagination.”

2011.  Diasporas and Cultures of Migration. Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3, 20-23 June. Conference co-convener.  Panel moderator: “Constructions-Deconstructions.”

2011.  Franklin College conference on Caribbean Literature and Culture: The Caribbean Unbound V: Vaudou and Créolité.  Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland 6-9 April.  Invited panel moderator: “Le Théâtre haïtien.”

2010. National Women’s Studies Assn. Annual Conference, “Difficult Dialogues II,” Denver, CO.  Panel co-organizer and presenter: Writing in Public Places: Myriam J.A. Chancy’s Narratives of Diaspora and Self-Creation”

2010.  Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS). Louisiana State University.  Panel organizer and moderator: “Diasporic Positionings: Creating  Caribbean Woman’s Subject / Voice Out of the Diaspora.”  Presenter: “Transformative subjects in Marie-Célie Agnant’s Livre d’Emma”

2009. Franklin College conference on Caribbean Literature and Culture: The Caribbean Unbound IV:Reconceiving Hispaniola, Lugano, Switzerland.  Invited panel organizer and moderator: “Haitian Women’s Voices Within and Without: Agnant and Chancy.”  Presenter: “Writing from Within and Without: the Critical and Creative Works of Myriam J. A. Chancy.”

2008.  Southeastern Women’s Studies Association. UNC, Charlotte. Presenter: “Staging and Bending Gender in Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s Quatrier Mozart (Cameroon)”

2008. ACWWS. Grenada. Presenter: “To Read is To Bear Witness in Le livre d’Emma.”


2010.  Invited guest editor with Robert McCormick, Jr. (Editor-in-Chief) and Sara Steinert-Borella.  Journal of Haitian Studies, Special Issue: Re-Conceiving Hispaniola, Center for Black Studies Research, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara. Vol. 16, No. 1

2009.  Book chapter. “Coming of Age in an African Context.”  With Debra Boyd and Gerise Herndon. In Coming of Age on Film: Stories of Transformation in World          Cinema.  Anne Hardcastle, R. Morosini, K. Tarte, eds. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

2008. Encyclopedia entry. “Maryse Condé.”  The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, General Editor, Carole Boyce Davies, ABC-CLIO, Inc.

2007. Invited Guest Editor with Gerise Herndon.   New Mango Season, Special Issue: Francophone Women Writers, Vol. 1. Caribbean Centre, Goldsmith’s College, London University

2007. Translation. “Darn Roots,” by Gisèle Pineau, translated from the French by Sarah Barbour with thanks to Christiane Makward. In New Mango Season, Special Issue: Francophone Women Writers, Vol. 1.

2006.  Co-edited with Gerise Herndon. Emerging Perspectives on Maryse Condé, A Writer of Her Own. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press/Red Sea Press

2006.  Book chapter. “Maryse Condé’s Narrative Spectrum.” In Changing Currents: Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispaniophone Literary and Cultural Criticism, Emily Allen Williams and Melvin Rahming, eds. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press/Red Sea      Press (pp.: 273-90)

2006.  Journal article. “Exploring the Genre and Language of Film Through Comedy, Documentary, and Social Realism,” Women in French Studies, Special Issue on Using film in the classroom (pp. 359-83). Guest editors: Catherine Montfort &  Michèle Bissière

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